What Are You Practicing?
WHAT ARE YOU PRACTICING?
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me,these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Do you realize that as human beings we practice something every day? The more we practice these things, the better, more proficient we get at them. The term “practice makes perfect” is rooted in a 1500’s old English phrase “use makes mastery”. In today’s modern language it would be “if you don’t use it; you lose it.”
In the original language, the word “do” used in the above text means to habitually perform, or practice. God is calling us to be more than complacent Sunday morning Christians. We have a noble destiny to be His Kingdom representatives to turn our fallen world upside down.
So, let me ask, “What do you practice every day?” What you practice, you are going to get good at – you will become expert at! The Apostle Paul teaches that we are to practice living a praiseworthy life that is in partnership with the Living God – Jesus Christ, and that is living in harmony with His Biblical commands and promises.
Do you practice joy in your life? Do you practice peace in your life? Do you practice kindness, faith, hope, or self-control in your life? Or do you practice complaining? If you complain you are going to get really good at it. You will get so good at it that you with find fault with everything. Even when there is no fault that others see, you being an expert will see it!
What do you practice? Do you practice gentleness? Or thankfulness? Or trust in God? What do you practice? Do you practice anger? Because as you practice anger you are going to get very good at it. In fact you are going to get so good at it, that the most trivial thing will make you angry and you will only see unfairness in it. What do you practice? Worry, stubbornness, procrastination, judgmentalism, lying, overeating? Because if you do, you will become very good at it.
The Bible teaches that by the grace of God, we are to daily practice:
1. Kindness and mercy. We need to be considerate of God in everything we do and say.
2. Integrity. Be honest and fair in your dealings.
3. Discipleship. What gets your attention gets you!
A preacher was greeting people at the door after service, a not very committed churchgoer approached. Shaking the man’s hand, the preacher said to him, “Good to see you John. When are you going to get serious serving Christ?” The man replied, “I’m already serious.” The preacher asked, “Then why don’t I see you any time except for Christmas and Easter?” The man whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”
The good news is that God wants your heart - not your excuses. There is no secret service with Him. He has a mission for you to accomplish and needs you to be involved.
So, what are you practicing?